Program: SMASH Academy
Title: Head Residential Advisor
Location: Wayne State University; to apply to other locations see which sites are hiring which positions here and apply at smash.org/jobs
Reports to: Residential Director
Position Type: Full-time, temporary (program and training dates here)
About Us and Our Philosophy:
SMASH Academy, a program that US News and World Report called Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields is heading into its 15th summer and national scaling and exposure. SMASH is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
Founded in 2001, SMASH is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students. In tandem, SMASH conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.
This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM, join us.
The Head Residential Advisor (HRA) supports the Residential Director (RD) to oversee the residential and youth enrichment components of the SMASH Academy. The HRA leads a team of Residential Advisors (RAs) and is ultimately responsible for the well-being of 30-10 high school students living on campus. Reporting to the RD, the HRA fosters a clean, safe, positive, and inclusive environment that encourages SMASH Scholars to develop their full potential. The HRA also acts as an educational leader and role model (for both students and staff), to set the culture, standards, activities and interactions that will assure both an enriching and socially just experience conducive to student success in the STEM fields. The HRA is responsible for supporting other areas of programming, including local field trips and engagement with the surrounding STEM community. Finally, the HRA is a leading authority figure in the residence hall and collaborates with the RD and additional HRAs. The HRA manages a team of up to eight (8) RAs.
It is a 6-week live-in assignment, requires 6 nights on campus once the program launches with a 6-day work week, and an average 10 hour day during the week and 15 hour work day on the weekends. Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving program needs.
- Supervise and mentor 3-8 RAs, which includes supporting the direction and scheduling of their work
- Manage the performance of 3-8 RAs, including coaching, evaluation and informing decisions on staff termination
- Support the enforcement SMASH policies and procedures
- Manage scholar behavior and emotional counsel including developing individual scholar support plans and providing recommendations on disciplinary action
- Support the RD in building a strong sense of community, teamwork, and job readiness amongst the Residential Team
- Attend, co-facilitate, and actively engage in RA retreat, training, and debrief
- Supervise 30-105 high school students in residence (number is site dependent); serve as a role model for responsible behavior and personal integrity
- Manage and facilitate daily scholar duties and weekly meetings, e.g. wake up calls, suite meetings, meal participation, etc.
- Actively engage in regular program meetings and 1:1s with site management
- Collaboratively implement SMASH Residential Curriculum, consisting of experience-based lesson plans and workshops
- Develop and promote appropriate leisure, recreational, and educational activities
- Attend weekly Fun Friday activities, weekend field trips and speaker series and networking nights
- Attend and support the following events: scholar orientation, scholar move-in/move-out, Town Halls, family picnic, dance and talent show, recognition and exhibition event, and staff debriefs
- Communicate norms and program rules of conduct to ensure student safety, open and honest communication, and responsible student behavior
- Encourage personal, social, and academic development of scholars
- Help create an environment that cultivates a sense of self-efficacy and personal well being
- Build and maintain positive relationships with all SMASH personnel; positively represent the SMASH organization and program.
- Manage the facilitation of scholars study time and collaborate with designated instructors on assignments
- Execute and issue all assigned deliverables on time
- Sleep on site and co-lead on-call staff in emergencies
- Depending on the site, participate in a rotating on-call daytime (when scholars are in class) and on-call nighttime shift by responding to emergency phone calls and conducting rounds
- Position requires walking, sitting, and standing day to day. Climbing stairs, running, and participation may be required during community activities. Lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs of supplies may be required
- Demonstrated commitment and/or alignment and understanding of SMASH
- Supervisory experience of a 5+ person team; leadership role in an educational and/or residential program preferred
- Demonstrated effectiveness working with students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds
- 3 years of experience working in education, preferably in a STEM field or Social Sciences
- Previous experience teaching and/or facilitating high-school age youth
- Flexibility and professionalism a must
- Ability to form positive and professional relationships with ethnically and culturally diverse youth and staff
- Ability to work efficiently both independently and collaboratively and be able to give and receive feedback
- High competency in written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated experience in leadership, teamwork, strong decision-making skills and working with diverse groups of individuals
- Ethical, consistent, available to students as a role model and resource
- Willingness to be hands on, conflict resolution oriented and an active problem solver as challenges arise
- Strong academic and critical thinking skills; ability to tutor high school AP math and/or science
- Spanish fluency preferred (not required)
- CPR/First Aid certification preferred (not required)
$6,000 - $7,200 (depending on site location), which includes a training and post-program debrief. Additionally, housing and food is also provided at an average $3,500 value. While we cannot offer a benefits package for this position, we can reimburse you for any approved work-related expense. You are responsible for your own parking and transit related expenses.